• The person offense case rate declined 34% between 2005 and 2013.[Read more]
  • Case rates for drug offenses increased 54% between 1985 and 2013 - from 2.9 to 4.5 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction.[Read more]
  • The female delinquency case rate increased more - and declined less - than the male rate between 1985 and 2013. [Read more]
  • In 2013, the drug offense case rate for males was about 4 times the female rate. [Read more]
  • Between 1985 and 2013, the person offense case rate increased for white youth (26%) and black youth (29%) but declined for American Indian (-28%) and Asian/NHPI (-31%) youth. [Read more]
  • Drug offense case rates for black youth showed the greatest increase and greatest decline between 1985 and 2013. [Read more]
  • In 2013 courts with juvenile jurisdiction disposed more than 1 million delinquency cases.[Read more]
  • Delinquency case rates generally increase with the age of the juvenile; however, within offense categories, there are variations in the pattern of age-specific case rates.[Read more]
  • Females accounted for over one-fourth (28%) of the more than 1 million delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 2013, youth under age 16 accounted for 53% of all cases, and minority youth accounted for more than one-third (38%) of all cases.[Read more]
  • For all but drug offense cases, the proportion of cases involving detention changed very little between 1985 and 2013-varying 5 to 7 percentage points.[Read more]
  • Following the increased use of formal processing, the proportion of delinquency cases that resulted in adjudication or waiver grew moderately between 1985 and 2013.[Read more]
Juvenile Court Statistics 2010 Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Courts, 2010 Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2010

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  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Statistical Briefing Book
  • National Center for Juvenile Justice